"a German polymath named Rudolf Virchow"
Rudolf Virchow
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Rudolf Virchow was born in Germany in 1821. He was a well-respected doctor and politician, known for his work on public health. In addition to reforming German medical education, Virchow worked hard for social reform. He did not think public outbreaks could be solved by just treating individuals, but rather that the entire social system should change to improve conditions.